Authorities crack the whip on food vendors at stadium

M. Srinivas
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Cricket fans had to grapple with much more than the heat during Friday’s IPL match at the Uppal stadium, what with snack vendors charging exorbitantly for the eatables.

For a premium potato chips packet, vendors were found charging Rs. 23 as against the actual cost of Rs. 15, while a twenty-rupee ice-cream came for Rs. 50.


A decoy team of the Legal Metrology Department also found that vendors were indulging in short-weighment of soft drink and mineral water bottles.

For instance, a 450 ml soft-drink glass measured only 400 ml of the liquid, it was found. Five cases were booked under relevant provisions of the Legal Metrology Act against the company that hired the vendors and a penalty of Rs. 25,000 levied, Ranga Reddy district Assistant Controller V. Srinivas said, adding that legal action would taken if it continued to commit the offence during the forthcoming seven matches too.

A 10-member decoy team will inspect different stands inside the stadium to maintain a vigil on vendors selling food items during the IPL matches, he said.

Mr. Srinivas urged cricket fans to lodge complaints by sending an SMS to 85230-11449.



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